Founders Tower's revolving but stilled top floor will soon turn again.
The owners are turning the 20th floor, vacant since upscale restaurant Nikz at the Top closed in March 2007, into an event space called the Chandelle Room and have partnered with Deep Fork Group as full-service caterer, the condo tower's Tulsa-based managers said Thursday.
The Chandelle Room is the original name of the top floor, according to the Petrous Group, which sells and leases condominiums, and leases commercial space in the 48-year-old former office building at 5900 Mosteller Drive, north of Northwest Expressway and west of May Avenue.
A chandelle is an airplane maneuver that combines an upward climb with a 180-degree turn.
Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates is consulting on the interior design for the renovation of the 9,000-square-foot space.
“The Chandelle Room, with its 360-degree view and elegant interior, will be the premier location for parties, meetings, weddings, receptions and fundraisers,” the Petrous Group said.
It will be open to the public four nights a week for food and drinks. A grand opening is planned for December.
Deep Fork Group owns restaurants including Deep Fork Grill, Cafe Nova, The Wedge Pizzeria, Chica's Mexican Cafe, Homerun Sliders and The Mantel Wine Bar and Bistro.
The Chandelle Room will have rooms available for parties and events of various sizes and will have two bars, a dance floor, cocktail lounge and private dining space. The revolving space makes a full rotation every hour.
Founders Tower's residential space — condos with one to three bedrooms — is fully occupied, and its commercial space is 98 percent leased, the Petrous Group said.
“We have managed to get a full occupancy at market rate in a time when the national economy was suffering,” said Paul Cornell, part of the Bixby-based Kelly Family group that owns the Founders Tower. “This is ... a statement on how Oklahoma City's economy is stronger than the national stance.”